A Device for Every Snowflake!
July 23, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
I need a new cellphone/GPS setup. Did I mention that I am also the most special snowflake in the world?
posted by broadway bill to technology (8 answers total)
In about a week, I will be moving to a rural area. The primary reason for the move is for school/work, but I'm excited about living in the middle of nowhere again, and I want to take advantage of it by drastically reducing my involvement with my cellphone. Cutting the cord(less), so to speak.
So. Currently, I have an older and beat up Samsung Galaxy S (the first gen of Galaxy phones sold in the US, I think). I use it as a phone, texting device, email thing, (occasional) GPS, and MP3 player. I have a plan with T Mobile that gives me what amounts to unlimited usage (I think it's actually 300 anytime minutes, free calling to my selected "5 Faves," and unlimited data and text, but I've never come close to using up the 300 monthly minutes), and I pay right around $100 a month.
Here's the snowflake parts:
I don't want to be glued to my phone anymore. Ideally, I will end up with a super-basic phone that I can use for outgoing emergency calls and whatnot, occasional texting, and reading email. I don't use google email at all anymore, and I sort of have grown to loathe google in general, so I don't want another android device. I'd like functional GPS on my phone, but I don't absolutely need it. I don't browse the web on my phone (at least I'm trying not to, going forward). I'd like an MP3 player on it, but that's not a must-have either. I also don't use or buy Apple stuff, so an older iphone is out.
Ideally, I want something like this: a phone with the ability to receive email from assorted services (exchange, POP3, whatever), play MP3s, and make calls/texts. I'd love it if I could get this without a contract, and for a relatively low monthly fee.
Is there a device and service for me?
Or, should I just buy a no-contract dumbphone and use a month-to-month provider like Virgin?
If I do that, is it possible to continue to use my Galaxy--no service plan, just wifi--as an email reader? I like that idea, because then I can still have it as an MP3 player, camera, email device, etc. without having it as my phone.
Can I axe my current gmail account and continue to use the android device, or will I need to either a.) keep the current gmail or b.) register a bogus gmail just to make the device usable?
My contract with tmobile is up, by the way, so walking away from them is no issue.
Does this make sense, or am I asking for something that just does not make sense/exist?